Muziki Mzuri

by Ultra Magnus

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Ultra Magnus likes to rap. His friend, the award-winning and multi-talented producer Fresh Kils, likes to make beats. And here they are now, doing both those things for you as best they can, hoping you enjoy Ultra Magnus’s third album, Muziki Mzuri. The title translates from Swahili as “Good Music”, a simple enough title that summarizes the intent of the record. As the son of two immigrants—one from Kenya and the other from South Africa—Ultra Magnus often feels as if he exists in two spaces, Canada and Africa, but the two realities are slowly converging as rising racial tensions have the two realities mirroring each other more and more. And though his music is generally apolitical, the reality with which he’s faced has caused him to reflect on his roots and consider his family’s history. The songs vary in tone, but even though times are grim, you won’t find many tracks dripping in pathos. Ultra Magnus experienced great loss during the recording of Muziki Mzuri, but the album is less a morose recap of those events and more so a celebratory sendoff to those in his life that have passed on. Long-time listeners will get the in-jokes and self-referential nods to past albums scattered through Muziki Mzuri, but newcomers will find it accessible, too. After all, it is “good music.”

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released July 19, 2019

Lyrics written and performed by Ultra Magnus, except "Snow" and "Old Arrogance" by Ultra Magnus and The Mighty Rhino.
Produced by Fresh Kils, except "Old Arrogance" by Callum, "Boogs" and "Pleasant" by Boogie Belgique, and "Bully (Fester Remix)" remixed by Uncle Fester.
Additional vocals on "Pleasant" by Justin Ley & Meg Dunphy.

Mastered by Dorc

Artwork by Amy Lloyd

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Operating out of Toronto, Canada since 1996, Hand'Solo Records is devoted to releasing quality hip hop that is creative, clever and often experimental. Early releases, now out of print, include Buck 65, Sixtoo, Moka Only, and others. Currently home to Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, The Mighty Rhino, The Dirty Sample, Touch, Tachichi, Primordial Emcee, royceBIRTH, 51nine02, More Or Les and Backburner. ... more

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